The Sound Of Music's classic tune, "Do-Re-Mi," taught me that tea was "a drink with jam and bread."
While I hum along to Julie Andrews’ iconic lyrics, I can often be found nibbling toast with jam at the kitchen table, sipping tea and checking morning emails. Jam and tea are the perfect pair for waking my taste buds from their slumber.
Jump back to the chilly days of the holiday season. I was frantically searching for a gift for a foodie friend when I stumbled upon Sunchowder’s delectable shop on Foodzie (my favorite online marketplace to discover amazing food from artisanal producers). I was instantly drawn to the Ginger Pear butter, a unique flavor profile perfect for my friend’s eclectic cravings.
To my surprise, Wendy (founder and creator of this artisan jam & chutney company) had included a kind note within the package that read: “I could not just send you one when I saw your fabulous tea cups.” I took a closer look inside the brown box to find that she generously gifted two additional jams: Pumpkin Butter and Peach Lavender Jam. In an effort to share the kindness, I gifted my friend the Pumpkin Butter along with the original purchase of Ginger Pear Jam, which left me with the Peach Lavender.
The moment that I heard the lid's seal break, I could smell the mouth-watering sweetness of the peaches. Before this all-natural, handcrafted jam could meet the bread, I dug in with a teaspoon. First taste: It’s as if I just took a large bite of a fresh peach gently sprinkled with sugar. The texture of the pieces of peach immersed in the smooth jam is divine. The sweetness is subtly followed by the brightness of the lemon juice and a faint perfume of lavender.
My palate, still in winter hibernation, was brought back to life with the natural ingredients that reminded me of deep golden summer. With each bite (I eventually took the spoon from the jar & spread it on some bread) it became so very clear that this jam was “lovingly hand-cooked and jarred in small batches with the freshest seasonal fruits and the finest ingredients - no corn syrup, commercial pectin or preservatives.”
The perfect sweet partner for a cup of tea!